Planning Board set to take up Dumpster Depot debate in Derry
DERRY — The controversial Dumpster Depot site plan will come before the Planning Board for a third round of public hearings at the board’s Wednesday, June 19, meeting.
In the meantime, project engineer Chris Tymula appeared before the Conservation Commission to review plans that were originally submitted in April.
The Dumpster Depot proposal includes the construction of a two-story, 7,200-square-foot building with outside space for 350 Dumpsters that will be rented out to individuals or contracting companies on Ashleigh Drive.
Although the project has caused much debate at the Planning Board level, the Conservation Commission signed off on the plans as part of the technical review process back in April because the project has no wetlands impact.
However, because Tymula did not have individual 11-by-17 plans during the April commission meeting, Chairman Margaret Ives requested Tymula come back at a later date with those plans.
On Monday night, Tymula said the plans had not changed since April, with the exception of a buffer zone of spruce and fir trees that was added to the area behind the Dumpster storage.
Although the project has no immediate wetlands impact, commission member Dennis Wiley asked about the total wetlands on the bigger parcel of land the Dumpster Depot is looking to build on. While the Dumpster Depot project consists of only a few acres, it is on a larger 62-acre parcel that was recently purchased by Accurate Transport.
Tymula said the overall parcel includes about 21 acres of wetlands, but there are no immediate plans in the pipeline for development of the remaining parcels.
As part of the technical review process, Tymula said the fire department asked Accurate Transport to come up with a conceptual master plan that would map out the future addresses on the parcel.
“This is purely a conceptual master plan that just provides street addresses for the fire department,” he said.
Any further development on the 62 acres would have to come back to the Conservation Commission, Planning Board, Technical Review Committee and any other appropriate town boards or departments, said Tymula.
At the Planning Board level, abutters to the proposed project have raised concerns about the aesthetic quality of the surroundings being destroyed as well as health issues such as visual pollution and increases in vermin and mosquito activity.
Dumpster Depot owner David Paul, who is looking to relocate his main headquarters from Manchester, has said he understands that people do not want a Dumpster Depot in their back yards, but noted that the business is allowed by zoning and that he has spent a good deal of money to make sure the business meets regulations and is buffered from the firstname.lastname@example.org